Full-Time Employment

We offer generous professional development opportunities to qualified full-time​​ employees.​​ The Virginia Aquarium recruits and hires most employees through the City of Virginia Beach.

If interested in learning more about the opportunities and to view all full-time jobs currently available:

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Part-Time Contract Employment

We are currently seeking:

Salary | $10.01

Hours | flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm

Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness.
  • Act as a host to each guest by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful, and professional attitude.
  • Sell tickets, in person, through SRO4 ticketing system for various activities offered at the Aquarium including, Aquarium admissions, boat trips, memberships, advanced tickets, and gift certificates or
  • Sell merchandise, answer questions about merchandise, maintain a clean and organized sales floor and restock merchandise.
  • Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or vouchers. Issue receipts, refunds, or change due to guests.
  • Direct guests through the entry process by helping them practice social distancing.
  • Assist guests in a friendly and positive manner by using your knowledge of Aquarium offerings, prices, membership, directions, and general information
  • Convey and explain reasons for COVID-19 regulations and request guests follow them.
  • Become familiar with the Aquarium's story – history, accomplishments, and future goals.
  • Go beyond what is expected – deliver personal experiences that inspire, delight, and engage.
  • Project a professional image while in uniform.

Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm.
  • This is a position that requires the applicant to stand for long periods of time, it is not a seated position.

Preferences

Outstanding customer service skills; completion of at least two years of high school; enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoy working with people; cash handling experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; have ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


How to Apply

Send a resume via
Email to VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Salary | $22-$26/hour (based on experience)
Hours | up to 24 hours per week

As part of the Virginia Aquarium Marketing team, the Videographer plans, shoots, produces, and delivers high-quality, compelling videos to support the aquarium’s marketing efforts including advertising, public relations, digital channels (website, social) and Aquarium collateral. The Marketing team’s primary purpose is to increase Aquarium attendance and revenues while also supporting the education, conservation, and scientific research mission of the Aquarium.


This role collaborates with a wide variety of colleagues across departments, including curators, educators, conservation specialists, guest services, volunteers, and leadership team to shape video storytelling. This position will shoot programs and special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Film a wide range of aquarium animals, exhibits, programs and events, sometimes on short notice, and edit for deployment in the aquarium’s owned media channels, brand campaigns, or for media relations.
  • Lead all pre-production, production, and post-production functions, including lighting, audio, equipment set-up, logging and exporting.
  • Arrange and conduct interviews.
  • Brainstorm series and one-off video ideas and develop production plans.
  • Ensure projects are completed on time, on brief, and within budget.
  • Assess and make appropriate recommendations for equipment, software, techniques and technology.
  • Maintain video production equipment.
  • Shoot and share b-roll. Support third-party (broadcast/online media) video production as needed.
  • Create and/or review shot lists for various events.
  • Manage digital video assets.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

  • BA, BS, or equivalent degree or work experience
  • Competency with video editing, digital audio editing and mixing techniques
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish effective rapport with all levels of management and staff
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Ability to effectively multi-task projects and activities and consistently meet deadlines.


How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and video production work samples to: marketing@VirginiaAquarium.com


Salary | $10.67/hour

Hours | 20-40 hours/week; M-F

Duties | Keep the Aquarium looking and operating great!

  • Support the Aquarium’s building and facilities needs by responding to calls and requesting maintenance using a work order database, performing minor repairs, and supporting projects.
  • Provide professional level communication and support to aquarium staff, city maintenance teams, contractors, and vendors.
  • Greet all guests with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Always project a professional image while in uniform
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks by priority
  • Survey the Aquarium to confirm work completion, and report maintenance needs
  • Research vendors and suppliers for materials and projects
  • Perform paint touch ups
  • Must be able to write and communicate clearly
  • Able to follow detailed instructions both verbal and written.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, climb, stretch, work in tight spaces
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

Preferences

High school diploma and experience with building maintenance, customer service, database use, word processing, Excel, hand tool use and building repairs. Flexible work schedule. Provide enthusiastic support to maintenance personnel, contractors and aquarium staff. Ability to work in the occasional fast paced stressful situation. Great listening skills. Great organizational skills. Self-starter with strong work ethic.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter via

Email to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Salary | $10.67
Hours | 4:30pm-12:30am or 12:30am-8:30am

Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests/staff in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Act as a host to each guest/staff by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful and professional attitude
  • Monitor a video surveillance system for suspicious activity
  • Walk trails and parking lots to ensure safety of outside areas
  • Check buildings and grounds to ensure no unauthorized individuals
  • Respond to alarms
  • Maintain communication with City of Virginia Beach Dispatch Unit as needed
  • Perform a variety of assignments relating to security and after hours safety of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center facility, guests, staff and grounds
  • Report and/or record all after-hours activity occurring in facility or on property
  • Maintain effective working relationship with other departments of the facility
  • Work with little or no supervision
  • Project a professional image while in uniform

Requires

  • High school diploma or GED, plus 1 year of experience in fields related to security, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Virginia or North Carolina driver's license.

Preferences

Experience working overnight shift with scheduled rounds. Experience working unsupervised. Demonstrated knowledge of security protocol. Customer service skills. Computer skills. Good driving record. Certification through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter via

Email to broosa@virginiaaquarium.
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Salary | $10.67/hour

Hours: Hours vary, some weekends required.

Duties | Assist the horticulture section with nature trail and horticulture exhibit maintenance, including but not limited to:

  • Mulching, maintaining, and weeding plant and shrub beds, lawn areas, and walkways
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Planting, raking, collecting, and removing debris
  • Operation of a lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed eater
  • Loading and unloading tools, equipment, soil, gravel, and sand for project assignments
  • Maintaining plants in an indoor environment
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Other horticultural duties as required.

Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED plus some outdoor work experience.
  • Ability to use common gardening and hand tools.
  • Ability to perform physical labor under various climate conditions for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend and kneel for extended periods.
  • Ability to use a backpack blower and string trimmer for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Interact with staff, volunteers, and public in a pleasant and professional manner.

Preferences

  • Have a general knowledge of horticulture practices and a desire to learn.
  • Knowledge of native Virginia plants is desirable, but not required.
  • Horticulture experience is a plus.

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.


Internships

We offer several internships for college students throughout the year. These unpaid volunteer positions provide career exploration for rising college juniors and seniors seeking academic credit with an interest in pursuing careers related to biology, marine biology, science education, aquarium sciences, or related support staff positions.

No Internship Opportunities are available at this time.

Fellowships

We also offer fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits, and education, to college or post-graduate students. The Batten Fellowship also includes a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Descriptions for all fellowships currently available and how to apply can be found at the link below.

No Fellowship Opportunities are available at this time.